SUN.. MAY l0. Fifth Sunday after Easter: sd. Comm. of St. Antoulnus and 55. Gordian and Epimachus Martyrs. Creed. Fret. of Easter, (White) HE Mass underlines the joy that springs from theResurrection and prais that we may participate in that joy through doing what is right by following the law of liberty that God may bless us and grant us the graces, spiritual and temporal, which we need.
MON., MAY II. Rogatlon Monday. Feast of the BB. Carthusian Martyrs: d. Comm, of the Rogation Macs and last Gosp. of the same. Pref. of Faster, (Red) ROGATION means prayers of supplication. The custom of setting apart the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Ascension Day is traced back to the sixth century when in France a penitential procession was instituted to ward off calamities in the diocese of Vienne. In the ninth century Pope Leo Ill made them obligatory
throughout the Church to pray
for Divine protection and especially for the harvest. The Litany of the Saints is sung in procession.
TUFS., MAY 12. Rogation Tuesday. Feast of SS, Nereus and Comps, M.M.: ad. Comm. of the Rogatlon Mass and the 3rd prayer. Concede.
SS. Nereus and Achilleus were soldiers, martyred in the first orsecond century, of whom nothing else is known. except for a tradi
tion that they were baptised by St. Peter.
WED., MAY 13. Rogation Wednesday and Vigil of the Ascension. Feast of St. Erconwald: dm. Comm. of St. Robert Bellarmine, of the Vigil and of the Rogation. Creed. Pref. of Easter. Last Gosp. of the Vigil.
OUTSIDF. the Archdiocese of Westminster, the Mass of St. Robert Bellarmine. St. Erconwald, an East Anglian of royal blood, founded Chertsey Abbey and Barking Convent. He ruled Chertsey and his sister, St. Ethelburga, Barking. In 675 he was elected Rishop of London. He died about 10 years later.
THURS.. MAY 14, The Ascension of Our Lord. d. I. cl with Octave of 3 Order. Creed. Pref, etc. of the Ascension. C tVhite) AFTER the Gospel of the Principal Mass, the Paschal Candle is extinguished. FRi., MAY 15. St. John Baptist do Ls Salle d. Comm. of Octave. Creed. Prat. etc, of the Ascension, (White) ONE of the great pioneers of modern education, especially among the poor. Born in Rheims in the middle of the 17th century, he founded the congregation of the Brothers of the Christian Schools. Like all pioneers, he met with violent opposition, for example, in insisting that children be taught to read in the vernacular instead of in Latin. His book, ftfanual for Christian Schools, is a classic of pedagogy. His life's work was nearly wrecked by the old fogies of his day.
SAT., MAY 16. St. Ubald sd. Comm. of the Octave and 3rd Prayer Concede. Creed. Pref. etc., of Ascenslon. (White) T. UBALD, a quiet man who puce had the courage to defy Frederick Barbarossa, is not well known outside Itaty, and a much betterknown saint whose feast is also today is St. John Ncpomucene, the martyr of the secrecy of the confessional. He was drowned by the King of Bohemia for refusing to disclose confessional matters when the King suspected the Queen of infidelity. Though the Saint was certainly murdered, there is dispute among scholars as to the authenticity of the confessional tradition.